Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Busy Season......

Dearest Readers,


With both the inside and the outside of our little Honey Hill Farm needing attention it has been a busy, but joyous season. It is such a blessing to wake up everyday and know that my hands and my heart will not remain idle.  What joy to feel a purpose to each day!


This week found Dearest and I finishing up all the planting in our garden.  It is still fairly chilly at night up here at our altitude, so we are using "walls of water" around our tomatoes this year.  We also want to enhance the yield from our garden and are planting things such as our peas, beans and squash next to climbing towers so that they can use the abundant square footage in the sky!  We installed an above-ground irrigation system 3 years ago and are just simply amazed that such an inexpensive system has held up so well.  It certainly helps us conserve water besides being so wonderfully convenient.


Next, Dearest relocated our evaporative cooler to a different window and proceeded to clean and condition it so that it is ready for the summer.  Here in the dry southwest, this is a very efficient way to keep cool during the long hot summer!  It will use 1/4th the electricity of A/C and also adds much needed humidity to our very dry air.


While Dearest tackled so many of the outside chores, I busied myself by putting up the rest of my summer curtains.  I have 5 windows in my sewing room and use fairly heavy drapery during the winter.  How exciting it is to put up my freshly ironed rose-print cotton balloon shades!  These lovely curtains faithfully keep the harsh summer sun out but let in a lovely light, that makes my sewing room a heavenly place to be! 


Yesterday, Dearest and I had a date at "Home Depot"!  We decided that a grilled bratwurst sounded awfully good for lunch since we needed to stop in town and pick-up some lumber for our dual compost box.  Our Home Depot has a picnic area, complete with delicious grilled bratwurst....yummmm.


Today, Dearest, our Darling Boy and I went to an auction.  If you have the time and are patient, this is a cost effective way to buy just about anything you need for a fraction of the cost of retail.  Today's auction consisted of many landscape materials and tools.  Our hope was to find a good quality ride-on mower.  We weren't disappointed! My Dearest patiently waited.....waited and then bid on a 13 horse power Snapper ride-on mower.....it was......only $100!  We have looked at ride-on mowers in retail stores for a number of years and always felt that it was not a prudent use of our resources.  We are just elated to have this blessing to help us keep Honey Hill Farm in tip top shape!


Tonight's dinner has just come out of the oven.....BBQ Chicken Pizza.  I made two earlier this week, knowing that we would be gone most of the day today.  I need to do this more often.....as it makes putting supper on the table very stress free during this busy season.


Yours very kindredly,


Shan


Note:  We have had a very large tornado touch down to the East of us on the Colorado Plains. It has caused massive damage and some loss of life.  Please say a prayer for all of our dear neighbors to the East, they are facing terrible devastation. 


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